US OPEN TENNIS
Karol Beck of Sweden motions to opponent Jarkko Nieminen of Finland to wait with the serve during the US Open held at the National Tennis Center on August 30, 2005. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
Fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet dropped just two games Tuesday in a first-round win at the Open 13 tennis tournament in France.
Top seeds Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych posted wins Wednesday in wrapping up the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in the Netherlands.
Jarkko Nieminen made better use of his first serves to down Julien Benneteau 6-2, 7-5 Sunday and claim the rain-delayed Apia International Sydney.
Spaniard Marcel Granollers and Australian Peter Luczak were first-round winners Monday at the Romania Open tennis.
Ivan Ljubicic and Dominik Hrbaty won opening singles Friday as Croatia and the underdog Slovak Republic are tied 1-1 in their best-of-five Davis Cup final.
The 2005 Davis Cup final between Croatia and Slovakia begins Friday with Ivan Ljubicic taking on Karol Beck in the opening singles rubber.
The 2005 Davis Cup champion will be decided this weekend when Croatia visits the Slovak Republic.
Second-seeded Swede Thomas Johansson and defending champion Mikhail Youzhny of Russia were first-round winners Tuesday at the St. Petersburg Open.
Mikhail Youzhny beat Karol Beck 6-2, 6-2 Sunday in the championship match of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.
French Open runner-up Guillermo Coria was ousted from England's Stella Artois tournament Wednesday.